downtime is hard to get used to…

it really is!

so while i’m still waiting for my ARCs in the mail *cough randomhouseplease hurryup cough* i thought i’d share a pic of the awesome art sample of the cover my editor sent me. i think it was to soften the blow of the first pass pages! but it’s gorgeous, and i love it.

also, i’ve had people ask me what first page passes are. they’re basically the last step before the final books are printed. it’s all the final little changes, such as punctuation or word echoes. here’s what my stack of DUALED’s pages looked like after i was done with them.

in the meantime, i’m trying super hard to make a dent into my to-be-read pile. here’s a pic. this doesn’t include the last seven books i just ordered from chapters, or the ones i have on my kindle. i’m hoping by xmas…maybe…

but, yeah, it’s hard to switch back into reading mode. probably because reading doesn’t feel anything like work. even though it is, since it’s just as important as the act of writing. sometimes the best ideas come when we’re not trying…

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8 thoughts on “downtime is hard to get used to…

  1. artsymusingsofabibliophile says:

    Loving the jacket, makes it that much more real. =D

    Wow, this is the first time I saw first page passes and I am like O_O

    I’ve tons of books to read during the summer, too and I’m ready for ’em!

  2. A. Tucholke says:

    I see ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD on that pile. Awesome.

    Stephen King said that every aspiring writer should be reading 4-6 hours a day. And damn it, he’s right. I used to do so much reading, but now that my work is all words, well… But I joined the adult summer reading program at the library and am going strong so far. Readreadreadreadreadreadread

    Also, seeing a pile of to-be-read books still makes me excited. It just does.

    • ANNA’s after DEVIL and PROPHECY!! Very excited for all 3 🙂

      You are so smart for joining a reading group, April. Because a certain WIP is calling my name (apart from FITAIS, that is).

      My tbr pile is ridiculous, but I know what you mean. It’s never ugly. It feels weird to NOT have one now.

  3. Emma Pass says:

    Elsie, your TBR pile looks almost as scarily huge as mine! Love the jacket – so exciting that DUALED is almost there!! 😀

    • Thanks so much, Emma! Almost there, I’ll show you when I get the real thing. And I want to see a pic of your TBR, please 🙂 Very curious what you’ve got lined up!

  4. Lydia K says:

    Oy, your TBR pile looks like mine. Not enough hours in the day.
    I can’t wait for my FPP! Though mine won’t be happening for a while.

    • Hi Lydia!! I think every writer’s got a crazy TBR pile! I’d love to see yours one day. Tweet me a pic? Oh, and first page passes are FUN. You’ll love it, it feels that much closer to being done!

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